Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


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January 17, 2010

My First Wedding

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would be making a small cake and cupcakes for a friend's wedding in Southern Illinois. Originally planned for this month, it was moved up to December 2009, and I traveled to their tiny town for a day of baking in their kitchen.

The morning wedding had a delightful brunch reception in their church basement, and they had a cute, whimsical winter holiday theme. The neat thing about this wedding was the fact that the groom is the pastor of the church, and they made it fun by using stuffed animals, and Christmas decorations - all from the dollar store! Guests were encouraged to take all the decorations home with them to decorate their own trees and tables. It was inexpensive and fun!

My cakes were interesting, to say the least. The wedding cake was tiny - that's because the bottom tier FELL ... Who the hell knew cakes still fell in this millenium? Well, mine did - they laughed - I didn't ... But we went with the top tier, which was more than enough. It was a Devil's Food cake with snow white coconut frosting. I made a simple topper from silk magnolias, poinsettias and a crystal cross - again - all from the dollar store!

I made Cranberry/Orange/Carrot Cupcakes with a Gran Marnier Topping; Devil's Food Cupcakes (to match the cake); Red Velvet Mini Bundts with Cherry and Hot Fudge Glaze; and Mini Blueberry Muffins.

I'd been collecting beautiful glass plates from the Goodwill store to build up my stock, and it made a lovely little presentation. I was pleased.


  1. Beautiful....well done! Thank you for stopping by! The foodie blogroll that you have on your left hand sidebar.....your blog was listed there back in Dec. Hope all is well!


  2. Great stuff... so you had a little fall with the cake? No big deal because it's all a learning experience! And anyway, the rest looked so lovely, cute, and quaint. Congrats on the first wedding.



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The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

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